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Michel Delacroix
Hand signed Folk Art Naive lithograph on Arches paper Paris Evening Cafe Scene

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size includes frame: 32.5" H x 26.5" W; Lithograph in colors depicting an enchanted evening in Paris with a bright cafe and a church or public building on a charming Paris square. Signed in bottom right margin "Michel Delacroix," in pencil and numbered "59/150" at left. matted and contained under glass in a wood frame. classic paris street scene with bicycle, cafes and shops. Michel Delacroix master of the Naïf (Folk Art or Naive) the most popular and successful artists in the world today. A self-styled "painter of dreams and of the poetic past," Delacroix has devoted five decades to painting a city he calls "the Paris of then," the magical place where he was born, where he spent his boyhood, and where he continues to live to this day. But the Paris Delacroix paints is not the urban metropolis of the present. It is the dream-like place the city became in the 1940's, during the Occupation, when "we suddenly jumped fifty years into the past. No more cars in the streets, very few lights. Paris suddenly became very quiet, very dark, and, though people were afraid, there was a brotherhood and spirit that was very delightful." For Delacroix, who was then a child of seven and spared by his age from understanding "the cruelties and absurdities" of war, it was "the one great adventure of my life." And it is to this special Paris - the Paris of by-gone years and innocent splendors - that Delacroix has returned to over and over again in his gentle works. Theses works, renowned for their graceful balance of "the earthy and the urban, the cosmic and the ordinary," have captivated private collectors, museums and ordinary people alike throughout the world, earning the artist both universal acclaim and numerous awards. In the U.S. alone, Delacroix's work has been featured in over 275 one person shows, from New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C., to Los Angeles, Carmel, Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco. Abroad, his work has been exhibited in France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, England, Japan, and forms part of the permanent collections of the Musee International d'Art Naïf and the Foundation Max Fourny in Paris, and of private collections around the globe. Dimensions:
  • Creator:
    Michel Delacroix (1933, French)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 32.5 in (82.55 cm)Width: 26.5 in (67.31 cm)
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  • Condition:
    minor wear to frame.
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU38212695682
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